18 June 2019 Chickpea Tempeh

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Chickpeas are dehulled by boiling for about 30 minutes, then rubbed together and the hulls are poured off about five times. This completely removes the hulls.
The dehulled chickpeas are then cooked in boiling water for 1.5 to 2 hours.This softens them adequately for fermenting throughout. They are then fermented for about 40 hours. Pictures depict the finished product

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16 June 2019 Lentils. Removing hulls

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Green lentils are a fine food used in various recipes. Each lentil is enclosed in a hull, which is best removed to enhance any recipe. Method is to soak in cold water for about three hours, rub the lentil between the hands and pour off the skins. About five rinses is sufficient to remove all the hulls.These common lentils cook in about 15 minutes in boiling water. I use for making tempeh or simply add them to various recipes.

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Lentil fermented 40 hours. Notice the dark areas. This is where some skins were not removed and the mycelium cannot penetrate. This indicates that complete skin removal must be completed for perfection. The tempeh is still good but not perfect.

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13 June 2019 Soy tempeh

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Soy tempeh was made,fermented 24 hours at 31C. The end product is perfect. The mycelium completely impregnates the beans so they lose most of their their shape, and the block approaches a homogeneous mass.

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12 June 2019 Lentil Husk Removal

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To use the lentil spouts added to juice remove the husks. Procedure for adding to juice is as follows.Soak the lentils in cold water for about 3 hours. Rub the lentils between the hands or place in a cloth. The skins simply slide off. Rinse few times and pour off the husks. Place the skinned lentil in a container and allow to sprout about 30 hours,then blend with added juice.For tempeh making remove the skins and process without sprouting.

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11 June 2019 Air Dancer (Bird and squirrel deterrent)

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Bought an air dancer to place near fruit bushes that are frequented by birds eating the fruit. It is being tested on haskap berries that are on the cusp of ripening. It is strong balloon driven by air pressure from a fan in he bottom on household electricity, purchased off the internet. My other choice is netting which is a big hassle depending upon the size required.

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9 June 2019 Indian corn

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About 60 Indian Corn seeds were planted. When plants are small rodent and bird protection is prudent, chicken wire and a board over the small sprouts deters encroachments. This small patch produces about 30 pounds of shelled kernels. It is dried, nixtamalized, and stored, for making gruel breakfast cereal.

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6 June 2019 Garden

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Garden shots. Very cold Spring so growth is slightly retarded

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4 June 2019 Bush Beans

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A row of bush bens were planted. They need warm soil to germinate.

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28 May 2019 Lilacs

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My two lilac bushes in full bloom.

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25 May 2019 Rain

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This rain in less than two hours. The area is almost saturated. Fortunately I have excellent drainage and the surface water will drain off in about 8 hours.

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